|Sun 3rd August||All-Age Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 10th August||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 17th August||Morning Worship||11.00am|
|Sun 24th August||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 31st August||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 7th September||All-Age Communion *||11.00am|
* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00am service.
I have recently spent some time watching some of Wimbledon, and in particular the epic final of the Men's Singles, when Djokovic so narrowly beat Federer. Fans of sport had a feast that weekend, with the World Cup and the Grand Prix as well as the tennis.
Sporting champions begin with a natural talent, but then spend years of practice, dedication and self-discipline perfecting their performance until they become the best in the world, and give pleasure and excitement to the millions who watch in admiration.
Certainly they deserve a reward for their achievements; but do they really deserve the fantastically huge sums of money they receive? Do they need it? Do they even know what to do with it?
Of course, sporting stars are not the only people who make huge profits. Even larger sums are made - I do not say earned - by those whose principal talent is to manipulate money to produce more money, and they do not even provide entertainment on the way. It seems that for them, enormous financial rewards are a mark of status.
Too often, in our culture, money is considered the measure of value, so that "How much is he/she worth?" means "How much money does he/she possess?"
Meanwhile, those who do the hard, dirty and unpleasant tasks which help our civilised society to survive and flourish are paid at a rate which makes it hard for them to do the same.
Those whose profession is to care for the elderly and frail do so for minimal reward, but most of this work is done by an army of people who look after children, elderly relatives and neighbours and are not paid at all. Business analysts describe them as 'economically inactive', and they do not feature in any account of national prosperity.
Recently there has been a local campaign to encourage people to foster children. This is vital work, helping to restore young lives already damaged; it is financially supported, but will not make anybody rich.
So what are these people worth? They do not look for a reward in money; their payment is in the love and trust they receive from those who depend on them - though sadly sometimes even this is lacking - and in the knowledge that they are doing something irreplaceable and deeply worth-while.
But a little extra money might be helpful too. What are we as a society going to do about it? What do we think they are worth?
Sister Rosemary, CHN